Richmond County deputies not asked to be more vigilant at theaters

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has not been asked to increase security at local movie theaters.

Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Larry Overstreet said Friday that deputies will be working regular assignments at theaters this weekend, but the department has not been asked to increase security after the deadly shooting in Colorado.

 

“I haven’t gotten any additional calls (asking for more officers),” said Overstreet, who manages special-duty assignments for deputies.

The sheriff’s office has one officer assigned to a special-duty slot at Augusta Exchange Regal 20 and at Mas­ters Cinema 7 on Wash­ing­ton Road every day.

Other officers working special assignments at restaurants, bars and shopping centers surrounding both theaters could respond quickly if needed, Overstreet said.

Area families called the Colorado shooting an isolated incident and said they were comfortable with the level of security currently assigned to local theaters..

The Mauldins, a family of six seeing the movie Friday night at Augusta Exchange Regal 20, said the shooting didn’t change the way they felt about the film or their desire to go see it.

They said the violence in Colorado was a random act carried out by a man determined to do harm, not a result of the film or its contents.

Other families at the theater declined to comment, saying they did not want to mix the pleasure of a night at the movie with discussing the politics of the shooting or the safety of Augusta.

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